The Circus - DVD/Le cirque - DVD
In the vestibule of a hospital room, a young boy waits to
see his dying mother. The
clamour and spiralling movements of bodies around him intensify, forming a
grotesque circus—a cacophonous circle that pushes the child back, depriving
him of one final touch of his mother’s hand. Using rotoscoped drawings
suggestive of charcoal sketches, as well as 3-D and object animation
techniques, The Circus captivates with its unsettling realism.
Colour is employed metaphorically to subtly express the promise and the memory
of maternal affection. Nicolas Brault’s highly personal film, suffused with
poetic modesty, casts a poignantly sincere gaze on the heartbreak of a child
facing the fearful, mysterious experience of his mother’s death.
2011, 14 min 02 s
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